Preston freshman basketball player Chelsea Dungee commits to OU
BY MIKE BROWN World Sports Writer
Monday, February 11, 2013
2/11/13 at 4:40 PM
She’s still young, but Preston freshman basketball standout Chelsea Dungee has given a verbal commitment to play at the University of Oklahoma, her mother said Monday.
The 5-foot-11 Dungee is rated among the top players nationally in the 2016 recruiting class, according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz recruiting rankings.
Dungee committed to Oklahoma State University as an eighth-grader. That was before Cowboys head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were killed tragically in a November 2011 airplane crash.
She reopened her recruitment last fall, and developed a strong relationship with OU women’s coach Sherri Coale, according to her mother, Chi Dungee. She committed to the Sooners on Jan. 30. She also received an offer from the University of Arkansas.
Dungee spent time training with Jenks senior standout Jessica Washington and has played for five years with Team Arkansas Elite, a national touring team coached by former Metro Christian and University of Arkansas basketball player Michael Hogue.
But her high school experience is scant. In fact, she became eligible for the first time last Friday and totaled 24 points and 10 rebounds in the 2A No. 13 Pirates’ 83-33 win over Canadian. Preston was to end the regular season playing Beggs on Monday night. The Pirates open postseason play Saturday in the district tournament.
Dungee attended Preston schools through the fifth grade, went to Morris for two years, and attended Beggs through the first semester of her eighth-grade year.
She returned to Preston in January 2012 but was forced to sit out and sought a hardship waiver with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to clear up residency issues.
The OSSAA notified the school last week that her hardship waiver had been granted.
Dungee carries a 4.0 gradepoint average and also participates in softball and track.